Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Diary of the Dead 2008

Following the high profile major studio release of Land of the Dead, George Romero longed for a return to his independent roots.

With Diary of the Dead, Romero sacrificed a bigger budget for greater creative control. While some have described the film as The Blair Witch Project meets Night of the Living Dead, that's an oversimplification. A group of film students are working on a school project when the dead begin returning to life. As they begin to understand what is going on, they decide to turn their cameras to document the situation.

This time out, Romero is commenting on how our society has come to communicate news. Not through formal sources, but through the independent viewpoints of those people who document and upload their footage online.

It's an effective film, and a welcome addition to Romero's ouevre, and a fitting close to the official programming for All Day of the Dead.

P.S. If there is sufficient interest, we may also have a midnight screening of the 2004 Dawn of the Dead remake.

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